IMMANA Fellow, Dr. Cynthia Matare, on measuring women’s time use to improve implementation of nutrition programs

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Men in a focus group discussion & women attending routine growth monitoring. Phikalamaza Health Centre, Lundazi District. Photo by C. R. Matare

CENTIR alumna Dr. Cynthia Matare (PhD International Nutrition, Cornell University, 2015) shares her postdoctoral work as an IMMANA Fellow on measuring women’s time use to improve implementation of nutrition programs:

“…Previous estimates suggest that women in rural Africa average 18-hour work days, with very little rest or leisure time. It has also been recognized that their time is zero-sum in that any new activity is added at the expense of another, usually sleep or rest time. These constraints on women’s time could potentially have a negative effect on their capabilities to: (1) access agriculture and nutrition interventions; (2) choose to make use of these interventions; and (3) eventually implement the recommended practices in their homes.”

For Cynthia’s full article, click here for the IMMANA blog.

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